M.Sc. Intellectual Property Law

Hanken School of Economics | Helsinki, Finland
The MSc in Intellectual Property Law (IPL) is a unique combination of legal and business studies. It ensures you a solid expertise in both areas and an exceptional understanding of todayís markets. The programme is delivered in close cooperation with industry, which ensures it remains at the forefront of developments in IP law.
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Description of Intellectual Property Law

As the protection of both patents and brands becomes more and more important, the need for experts with competence in both law and business is growing exponentially. If you really want an advantage on the job market and you envisage yourself as the intellectual property expert of tomorrow, this is the programme for you.

The programme offers an international atmosphere of a high academic standard. It provides you with outstanding networks for the future and a wide range of career opportunities. As the only Finnish university in the Office of Harmonization for Internal Market (OHIM) University Network, our programme offers an unique opportunity to network with students from other European elite institutions as well as supervisors from OHIM, which administrates European trademarks and design registration.

Our graduates are equipped with:

  • comprehensive knowledge of the intellectual property laws in Europe
  • competences in and knowledge of intellectual property rights in a business setting
  • the required skills, such as research and analytical skills, communication skills as well as independent critical thinking in intellectual property matters

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline February
Tuition fee
  • Free (Non-EEA)
  • Free (EEA)

Since university education in Finland is funded by the State through the Ministry of Education and Culture, students enrolled in a regular degree programme at Hanken pay no tuition fees. The students must however pay an annual student union membership fee of approximately EUR 100.

Start date September  2016
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS

Of the 120 credits, 90 are programme-bound, 24 are electives, and six are in languages.

Duration full-time 24 months
  • English
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Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

The Masterís Degree Programme in Intellectual Property Law is a two-year full time programme. Of the 120 credits, 90 ECTS are programme-bound, 24 ECTS are electives, and 6 ECTS are compulsory language course(s). In addition to the compulsory courses, the programme allows for a wide range of elective courses in, for example, law, finance, marketing, business administration, and accounting. We help you combine the best of both worlds, building a meaningful, individual programme to suit your future career goals.


Compulsory courses
  • Fundamentals of Intellectual Property Law (8 ECTS)
  • Fundamentals of Intellectual Property Law II (8 ECTS)
  • International and Comparative Intellectual Property Law (8 ECTS)
  • Law and Economics of Intellectual Property Law (8 ECTS)
  • Intellectual Property Strategy for Business (8 ECTS)
Elective courses, from the list below or other
  • Nordic IP Moot Court Competition (8 ECTS)
  • Nordic IP Moot Court Competition II (6 ECTS)
  • Practical IP Law in Europe (2-8 ECTS)
  • Literature Course in Intellectual Property Law (8 ECTS)


Compulsory courses
  • Research Methodologies in Intellectual Property Law (8 ECTS)
  • Research Seminar (12 ECTS)
  • Master's Thesis (30 ECTS)

Graduate Admission Tests

Minimum score: 550

The Graduate Management Admission Test® (GMAT®) is a standardised exam, delivered in English, used in admissions for thousands of business masters programmes globally. By taking this test you can show your suitability for this programme. The GMAT exam has been shown to be a valid predictor of academic performance in MBA and other business masters programmes.

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Requirements for Intellectual Property Law

The basic admissions requirements for applying to a Master's Degree Programme at Hanken are:

  • A completed Bachelor's degree and a sufficient background in economic sciences
  • A GMAT or GRE admissions test score (optional for applicants to the Master's Degree Programme in Intellectual Property Law)
  • English proficiency

All applicants also need to submit the required enclosures and follow the application process in order for their application to be processed.

Work Experience for Intellectual Property Law

No work experience is required.

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